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Middle School (6-8 Bell Times-7:45 am-2:45 pm)

Jackson Day's Middle School program provides students with rigorous coursework and extracurricular options aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, preparing students for college and career readiness. Middle school students study English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies through honors, grade-level, or intervention coursework. We have a variety of elective offerings such as Physical Education, Visual Arts, Choir, Band, Dance, Drama, Bistro, Foreign Language, Technology, and STEAM. In addition, Middle school students can participate in extracurricular activities, clubs, organizations, and competitive athletics. 

Character Education 


JDS has a shared belief that all students are entitled to a school environment that supports their intellectual, physical, social, and emotional needs. Developing positive character traits is essential to a student's growth but especially essential during the middle school years. JDS focuses on the universal values of Respect, Accountability, Integrity, Service, and Excellence. Teaching these values in middle school improves student achievement, reduces behavior incidents, increases compassion and empathy, and improves overall school climate and culture. JDS incorporates character education in classroom lessons and activities and through group assemblies.

Bell Schedule 

7:30 - 7:45 a.m. - Arrival / Morning Work

7:45 - 7:55 a.m. - Morning Meeting

7:55 - 8:53 a.m. - Block 1

8:57 - 9:52 a.m. - Block 2

9:58 - 10:51 a.m. - Block 3

10:52 - 11:24 a.m. - Lunch

11:25 - 12:20 p.m. - Block 4

12:20 - 1:30 p.m. - Electives

1:35 - 2:45 p.m. - Block 5

2:45 - 3:15 p.m. - Dismissal

Building Community

JDS is excited to reintroduce students to the new and improved "house" system in the 2022-2023 school year. In short, students are divided into "houses." Students earn points for their "houses "for good behavior, notable accomplishments, and more throughout the school year. Since each "house" includes kids from various grade levels, it fosters a sense of community throughout the school. The "house" system enables students to form stronger bonds and connections. It provides leadership opportunities. The sense of camaraderie and inclusion created by the "House" system offers students both educational and social-emotional benefits. 

JDS offers many opportunities for students and families to unwind together and build a community outside the classroom. The Fall Festival, Valentine's Day Dance, and Field Day are student favorites. We gather for Veteran's Day programs, STEAM nights, Spirit Nights, numerous Arts Showcases, and holiday programs. Students can join a fee-based after-school club, a competitive dance or cheer team, participate in middle school athletics, or the marching band. Participation in the various social events, programs, and athletics improves student productivity, builds relationships, develops empathy, and teaches students critical relationship-building skills. 


Outside the Classroom Learning Opportunities


Middle school students participate in a local field trip and an overnight field trip each year, providing real-world exploration outside the classroom and bolstering students' critical thinking skills. Our 6th-grade students end the year with the highly anticipated Camp Mariner trip. A three-night coastal trip to Fort Caswell where students engage in hands-on learning experiences. Our 7th graders visit Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, where they experience astronaut training techniques and engage in real-world applications of STEM. 8th graders will see history come to life when they visit Washington, DC, our Nation's Capital. Students will visit the Smithsonian Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Capitol.  

Uniform Policy

School uniforms teach students the importance of dressing for success; simply putting on a uniform helps students get into the right mindset, preparing them for the day. Uniforms are practical, increase school safety, improve student behaviors, reduce the potential of bullying, and create a less distracting classroom environment. They provide students with a sense of belonging, allowing students to recognize the value of working together towards a common goal rather than focusing on individual objectives. Uniforms are also a godsend for parents trying to get their children ready for school. The K-7th grade Uniform Policy outlines JDS's practical combination of polo shirts, pants, shorts, skirts, jumpers, and outerwear

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